Deeper Worship 5: Weekly Update

Dear ones,

Martin Luther is known for speaking / writing rawly. Luther said this about music. 

“I have no use for cranks who despise music, because it is a gift of God. Music drives away the Devil and makes people joyful”. 

We know from Scripture that music is a gift of God and that King Saul’s disturbing Spirit was driven away by David’s harp playing!

Also, Did you know the singing of God’s people is a weapon against Evil. In the Old Testament days of King Jehoshaphat God used the voices of his people singing to defeat an enemy. You know that they sang? 

"Give thanks to the LORD, for his love endures forever." Singing about Christ’s never-ending, unfailing love dooms the Evil One! 

Even God sings: 

"He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing."

God made the human heart to be engaged by and respond to music.  We are looking forward to the arrival of our new Music Director Allie Olmstead in August. We believe God has gifted Allie with not only the gift of music, but a  Spirit gift to shepherd her gifts deeper into the heart and soul of Nature Coast Coast and the individuals who worship here. She has a passion for Christ that will remind us in song that Jesus is all we have. Jesus is all we need and Jesus is sufficient. 

The nature of the deeper worship campaign is one of seeking additional operational funds above and beyond what we already give. It does make it a bit harder to track and that is ok, but if you do know you plan to give more or wish to designate specifically to the deeper worship campaign filling out one of the pledge sheets would be helpful and if you are increasing your normal giving to designate the extra on your check or offering envelope.  We are amazed as God has already provided through one time gifts and future designations over 22K of our 100K goal!  

Jesus is kind and gracious and our Deeper Worship campaign is just a tangible way that He gives us the privilege to participate in His future and story for the Nature Coast! Pledge sheets are on the black table in the narthex.  I’m excited to see Christ at work in his provision. 

Grateful to be together with you all in this journey...Till the whole Nature Coast Sings!!!

~ Brad

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